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Short Summary: Looking into solving benefit fraud with the help of a private investigator
When an individual makes a claim to receive a state benefit, they need to match certain criteria to be accepted. These criteria subsequently mean an individual is unable, for varying reasons, to maintain an employment position. Usually these reasons are based around a medical disability or illness, or the care of children and/or other vulnerable adults. Benefit fraud occurs when a person lies about their circumstances and claims to meet one of these criteria when they are in fact able to work. This may be a false claim that they are too ill to seek employment, or that they are living in a household alone when they are really living with a partner. Whatever the false claim, benefit fraud is resulting in a massive financial drain to the hardworking individuals in society.
It has been claimed, that the occurrence of benefit fraud and/or benefit error costs the UK taxpayer over £1.2b per year. This is a staggering figure that is increasing constantly due to low employment levels caused by today’s economic crisis. There was an estimate that there has been a 40% increase over the last five years. Many people feel this is highly unfair to those honest people who work hard to earn very little salary, and that capturing these criminals is crucial. The crackdown on benefit cheats has resulted in an increasing demand for private investigators and the services that they can offer.
Private investigators aspire to capture detailed information about certain people’s lives that others cannot. They are highly trained individuals who work with state of the art technology to gain this information, and have unbeatable levels of success. They offer a wide range of services to suit individual circumstances, and can shape their investigations to suit certain case criteria.
When dealing with a potential benefit cheat, investigators will generally apply surveillance methods upon the said person. This means that a specialist operative will track down the individual on a mobile basis, monitoring their behaviour and activities and incorporating video cameras to obtain evidence that is admissible in court. By utilising this method, investigators can determine whether the information declared is actually correct. Often this process reveals some condemning footage; people who claim to be too sick to work are witnessed playing sports, or taking long shopping trips and lunches with friends. Claimants who declare to be living alone may be witnessed sharing their home with a partner, or tenant. The footage captured is subsequently used as evidence against them.
It is really important to remember that these criminal fraudsters are costing you, the UK taxpayer a substantial amount of money every year. If you believe you can help in the fight against these people, then don’t delay in reporting them. There is an online anonymous form that be completed, as well as a UK hotline. Alternatively, if the situation is a little more personal, making contact with a private investigator may be more appropriate